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The Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) belongs to the „Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. (FVB)“. The FVB is an institution of eight natural sciences research institutes in Berlin funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the association of its federal states. The research institutes are members of the Leibniz association.

The research group of Structural Interactomics (led by Dr. Fan Liu) at the FMP and the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens (the Charpentier lab) is seeking for a joint

PhD student (m/f/d) in Crosslinking Mass Spectrometry

(Ref. 07/2019)

The position is available as soon as possible and is limited to 3 years.  Job description

The Liu lab is interested in using multi-disciplinary approaches that combine proteomics, crosslinking mass spectrometry, molecular biology, structural biology and bioinformatics to investigate the organizational aspects of protein assemblies and their biological consequences in the cell. The Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens is an international research institute currently being established in Berlin and whose research focuses on basic biological principles in bacterial pathogens. Overall aims of the Unit’s research are to gain a better understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control and regulate bacterial infectious processes. 

The scope of this position is to develop novel XL-MS tools to investigate the interactomes of bacteria and host-pathogen interactions. We provide an international, innovative and interdisciplinary work environment, with access to state-of-the-art mass spectrometry platforms as well as many other infrastructures at the FMP and the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens. For further information, please visit and


The candidate should have a master degree in biology, biochemistry or relevant fields. We are looking for an independent, responsible, reliable, and flexible scientist with a high personal motivation to excel in science. Candidates with a strong interest and experience in mass spectrometry and proteomics techniques, infection biology, biochemistry and/or informatics are especially encouraged to apply. An excellent command of the English language is required.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Fan Liu (email:; Homepage:

Salaries will be based on TVöD Bund (65 % position). In 2013 the institute has been awarded the certificate of the audit Beruf und Familie as family-friendly employer. In keeping with the FMP´s policy regarding gender equality, female applicants are particulary encouraged. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration.

How to Apply 

Please upload complete application documents only as a single merged PDF-file including  a letter a letter of motivation, CV, copies of degree certificates and the names and contact informations of two referees before April 15th, 2019 via the FMP`s online job application facility (button “Apply online”). Failing to submit the materials as a single PDF results in immediate exclusion from the competition.

We are looking forward to your application!